The Measure of a Man
Fortress Press, 2001 - 55 pages
Two brief yet powerful meditations from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defining humanity's worth and completion relate to strides toward social justice.
Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive, this pair of meditations by the revered civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism.
In supporting reconciliation, Dr. King outlines human worth based on Scripture, encouraging the reader to know each person has worth, rational ability, and an invitation to fellowship with the Creator. In addition, Dr. King explains the three dimensions of life: length, breadth, and height; they must all be present and working harmoniously in order for life to be complete as an individual and as a community. Black and white photos from Dr. King's life along with simple prayers from the reverend round out this short but poignant offering.
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... rational capacity ; man has a mind ; man can reason . This distinguishes him from the lower animals . And so , somehow , man is in nature , and yet he is above nature ; he is in time , and yet he is above time ; he is in space , and yet ...
... rational capacity ; he has the unique ability to have fellowship with God . Man is a being of spirit . There is another principle that must go in any doctrine of man that is realistic . It is the recognition that man is a sinner . Man ...